Written by Matthew Simpson
She sat in a weathered chair in front of her simple brick home. A black bandana covered her head, bald from chemotherapy. Three young girls, under the age of 10, played around her. The youngest took a big sip of a nutrition drink leaving a white mustache on her beautiful brown face causing all of us to laugh. She squealed with delight at the attention she was receiving.
This is the kind of moment you can’t even dream of when planning a missions trip for 30 plus college students from an engineering school in Arizona. We set up roofing jobs as a part of our Tin Roof Project and we plan for ministries like visiting shut-ins. But in our 20 years we have never had the two come together quite like this. You hope there will be moments of intention, moments where hearts are recalibrated and perspectives shift. You hope for moments where you can actually see lives being changed in real time. But we can not manufacture these moments, they’ll must be orchestrated by God.
Facing a diagnosis like bone cancer in such a desperate situation would test even the most devout in their faith. But for Imelda, it’s a chance for her to prove just how good God is at creating divine moments like this! She sat proudly in that old chair, a brand new tin roof gleaming in the Mexican sun meant no more rain running down the walls turning dirt floors into a muddy mess during monsoon season. The doctors tell her that the treatments are working. She holds on to something that will level all of the desperation, that will bring the work of the enemy to ruin-Imelda holds on to hope In Jesus.
Earlier that day, a group of our students replaced her crumbling roof with a tin roof that will last. And now here we are gathered around Imelda and her family praying, laughing, crying. We gave her beans and some other essentials. We gave the girls tooth brushes and the nutritional drinks.
When we finished praying for Imelda she spoke and Aldaberto translated her message to us. These were her words; “When Jesus heals me, I want be a missionary like you.”
We were not worthy of that moment. Despite the good we try to do, we couldn’t earn a statement like that. Her faith humbled us. Her certainty in the face of overwhelming odds inspired us. Not “if” but “when” God heals her, she plans to serve others! Hearts were recalibrated, perspectives shifted, lives were being changed in real time. Only God could orchestrate a moment like this!
In Romans 8:28, the missionary Paul writes, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." It is my prayer that we walk through life with faith like Imelda, no matter the circumstances, always trusting in God to work things out as we follow Him.
Please pray for Imelda and her family. Please prayerfully consider giving to Caring Hearts so people like Imelda can get the treatment they so desperately need. And if at all possible, book a trip with Caring Hearts and watch God orchestrate moments like this...in real time.
Today as we celebrate the life of Billy Graham who has passed, our ministry gives thanks for his faithful ministry which led our founder to the Lord, and eventually to start Caring Hearts Ministry. Our founder, Harold McKamish was led to the Lord at a Billy Graham Crusade him and his wife Daisy were going through a hard time after Daisy’s brother had passed away at war. Daisy and Harold went to the crusade in search of something bigger than themselves, and they found it. The life change that took place at that crusade while listening to Billy Graham talk is what led them to start Caring Hearts Ministry, which has led many people to Christ over the past 30 years. We honor Billy Graham, and recognize how the Lord uses our lives for impacts greater than we will ever know.
Harold McKamish- 2/24/2018
I was busy doing various things around the house and decided to come in to the house and rest a bit. I turned on the T V and felt a sadness in my heart for a moment. I heard the announcer saying “ The Reverend Billy Graham had died at the age of 99 years old .” I say for a moment, because I know Billy Graham is now where he has been telling the world what they must do in order to be spending eternity with Jesus, and now he is there with the one he loved so much feeling the loving arms of his Savior wrapped around him.
As I sit there, my mind went back to my life in 1968. I was a young man at the age of 38. I was very busy in trying to support my family. You see, I felt the best way to support my family was to make more money to be able to give them what they need and to give them nicer things . But, that is not what they needed. They needed a daddy who could spend more time with them, playing with them, sharing good things with them and telling them more about this thing called life. they needed
a dad to show his love in ways other than providing things. There was turmoil within our home at that time.
Daisy’s brother was in the army. He had no business being there because of a medical problem he had, but non the less he was there. He was in Vietnam. One day in October 1968, we got word he was missing in action. This surprised us because he was due to come home. We found out later, he was due to come home but he signed up to go look for some of his comrade’s who were missing in action. He did not return and it took awhile before they found him. This was a very sad time for us.
I suggested that Daisy go to Florida to be with her mom and dad. While she was there, mothers day came, and it was on that mother’s day that the soldiers came and knocked on the door to tell them their son was killed.
A couple of weeks later, while discussing various things, I told Daisy there has to be more to life than this. All I was doing was working. If I had extra time, it was devoted to work of some kind. That week in the news paper I read Billy Graham was coming to town. it’s time to change your life. We went to the Billy Graham crusade at Pitt Stadium on that October day in 1968.
While I was sitting in my chair listening to the news about His death, my mind took me back to that stadium. I could hear his plea, his call, get up out of that seat, make your way down here to the front of the stage, don’t delay, come. and in my mind I could hear them singing , JUST AS I AM WITH OUT ONE PLEA, BUT THAT THY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR ME, AND THAT THOU DID’ST ME COME TO THEE, O LAMB OF GOD, I COME, I COME. As I sat in my chair, I saw myself standing in front of that stage looking into the eyes of Billy Graham and couldn’t wait to say yes to that alter call , and the feeling that I had. I truly felt that I was a new creature in Christ Jesus.
So hearing of Billy Graham’s passing was mixed emotions to me. But, I was so great full, and for ever more will be because it truly changed my life, and probably a lot of family members with out them realizing it. If you never asked Jesus Christ into your life, do not delay, do it right now . THANK YOU BILLY GRAHAM
Caring Hearts Ministries has grown tremendously since it’s humble beginnings in 1986. When the founder of CHM prayed for God to show him where his help was needed most, the Lord showed up in amazing ways. Papa Harold’s eyes were opened to the town of San Luis, Mexico, and thus began Caring Hearts Ministries.
Since this time, the organization has grown through seeing a need, praying for provision, and the Lord providing. A boy’s home, a soup kitchen, a garbage dump ministry, a blind center, and a local church are not just built overnight. It took trust in God’s plan to provide the supplies, the labor, and the correct timing for each of these ministries to take off and be the best resource for the struggling people of San Luis.
It is a lot easier to say “I’m going to trust in the Lord to provide this need” than it is to actually follow through with that thought. In fact, there are followers in the Bible who though they may have been wary of the calling or the logistics that lay behind the vision, remained faithful and their provisions were met abundantly.
As the Israelites were traveling to the promise land, they longed for the food they had left behind in Egypt. They continued to follow the calling to the promise land, and the Lord provided through showering the land with bread.
In 1 Kings, Elijah is met with famine and drought. He continues to serve the Lord and pray amidst his struggle and he is led to a river for water and the Lord sends raven to provide him with food.
When people gathered from miles around to hear the Son of God preach, the disciples were concerned about providing all these followers with food. Jesus continued his teaching and trusted in the Lord and fed a crowd with five loaves of bread and two fish. As if that isn’t compelling enough, there was even food left over!
A missionary from the 1800s once said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies” (Hudson Taylor).
Caring Hearts has trusted in the Lord’s provision for years and will continue to praise the Lord for his provision as they continue to discover the needs of San Luis, Mexico. As we continue to work on the new Life Center, a drug rehabilitation center, we will continue to pray for the supplies, the labor, and the guidance in this ministry.
What vision has the Lord placed on your heart? In what ways are you yearning for the Lord’s provision?
Our prayer for you is that as we continue to act on the needs we have found in Mexico, you continue to find the needs around you in your own communities. Trust in the Lord’s provision and He will provide you with a surplus of resources to carry out His commandment of being His hands and feet here on Earth.
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This November, we are showing our gratitude to the Lord and to YOU, our supporters for all that has been accomplished in 2017.
#1 Thankful For New Interns & Volunteers
Caring Hearts has been so blessed with the addition of our new interns and volunteers! During this holiday season, we want to extend our thankfulness for the time they dedicate to the Caring Hearts Mission. It is willing hearts like these that make our ministry successful! In addition to our interns, we have several incredible volunteers helping us from all across the country with things like video and media, thanking supporters, event planning and more. If you want to join our volunteer team, email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
#2 Thankful for our Mission Teams
Another huge thank you goes out to all the teams who are working in San Luis to finish out 2017 strong! We are so appreciative of your huge hearts and hard work! (Christian Heritage Church, Monroeville Construction Team, Cranberry Churches, Chi Alpha Phoenix, & the Nashville Team)
#5. Thankful for Growth
We have seen huge growth in 2017 in our church and local missions! We have over 200 children coming to the soup kitchen each day to be fed. Many lives are being touched by your generosity! We are so thankful and so blessed!
A story by Amber Rynearson about the first time she came to Oasis Boys Home with Caring Hearts Ministry.
I absolutely adore kids. It’s why I’m never down in my church’s main service, since I’m up working with everyone’s children; it’s why I want to be a teacher, and have wanted to since I was a kid myself; it’s why a majority of my job experience centers around children; and it is a large part of the reason I wanted to go to Mexico.
Let me take you back- more than a year ago, my youth pastor brought forth the concept of a group going to Mexico on a missions trip, and I had no doubt in mind that I would be a part of it. On July 13, I boarded a plane with my group and headed to, you guessed it, Mexico. When we arrived, we met the staff, and then, the boys at Oasis. I fell in love with their sweet demeanors instantly, despite the fact that I had no idea how to understand any of them. I remember specifically that we were going to play a huge group game of volleyball, but the problem was that a truck was in the way, and the owner was out of town, or something along those lines. The boys and our group was somehow able to move the truck by pushing, pulling, and some heavy lifting, so that we could all play together. We ended our last night the same way, with a volleyball game, that was so ridiculous. My brother, a gangly redhead, was running around with the boys tossing hats and rejoicing or chiding each other with every point won or lost. Both parties were shouting ridiculous things like “Feliz Navidad” despite the fact that it was the middle of July. It was camaraderie and bonding at it’s absolute finest.
These boys are amazing. Luis is the sweetest: Pedro and Alex had fidget spinners they wouldn’t put down: Roberto has a fiercely competitive spirit: Dany is a little joker: Enrico is quiet and kind. Each and every one of them deserves a life full of laughter and joy, but it is expensive. That is why Caring Hearts is looking for sponsors for each of them, to help provide for their needs. You wouldn’t just pay a little bit every month (sacrifice the nights out because you were too tired to cook, that’s about how much you could be giving), but the real kicker is that you get to know the boys through letters. It is the most humbling thing to see pain, hurt, sorrow, abject poverty, etcetera, but the amazing thing is that YOU can do something about it, starting with these boys. It would be so rewarding to get to know even one of these fantastic boys. I may have only spent a week with them, but each and every one of them left a mark on my heart, and I can not wait to return.
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“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Gal. 6:9
- Amber Rynearson, 2017
By Caroline Mitchel
As the world offers more opportunity for travel, immigration and cross-cultural relationships, we as the church must not think of it as coincidental but simply as the plan God has for his people to better share the gospel. Just years ago, international mission opportunities were something that required a large amount of time, commitment, money and risk. It required great bravery and conviction to step on a plane and go to a place you had never seen or researched before on the internet. All you had were brochures or the verbal recommendations from those who had gone before you — it took immense faith and resources that not everyone had access to.
Now, international mission opportunities are literally at our fingertips. Websites have been specifically created to promote mission opportunities geared towards your age-group, profession, and hobbies. Ministries have also become more creative in ways to involve their community in missions. If you can’t physically go on a trip, you can either hop online to donate financially or you can shop on Amazon and send tangible items across the world. There has never been a better and easier time to go and give than now. But just because going on and giving to international missions is more accessible now doesn't mean it requires less faith to participate. It just means we are given more of an opportunity to display our faith through missions.
Will you now go? Will you now give?
Throughout scripture the bible is guiding believers to participate in missions and expressing the importance it should hold in our lives. Matthew 24:14 even predicts when the end times will come all according to the church’s missional reach.
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” - Matthew 24:14
In fact, in Matthew 4:19 Jesus commanded his disciples to simply “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” That statement encompassed all the disciples were asked to do as Believers. Once we follow Jesus, he transforms our hearts into loving and serving others — most importantly, he overcomes our heart so much that we can’t help but tell people about it.
Choosing to carry the responsibility of missions as a Christian is not just for those who physically go. It is also for those who stay behind. For those of us who chose to stay home, it is our responsibility to give of our resources to the cause of spreading the gospel through prayer. Sacrificing your resources, like time in prayer or money to give, is a truly humbling and joyful experience.
Leaving the comfortability of your home, family and comforts requires immense faith. Choosing to spend your money on supporting others to go on mission is a selfless sacrifice. But spending time praying for the gospel to be shared is the most powerful resource you have. I encourage you to look at your life and consider the resources you can better sacrifice to the cause of spreading the Good News.
Will you now go? Will you now give?
Over memorial day weekend, Grace City Church brought a team of 16 people to San Luis to partner with Caring Hearts in many ministries. They drove after they finished work on Thursday, arriving late at night, and wasted no time the next morning, waking up to go visit those in prison and share God's love. They prayed for people at the Blind center and watched God do miracles. On Saturday, they ran around, playing with the children at the soup kitchen and teaching them a bible lesson about God's love for them. The group was very musically talented and used their gifts to lead the Caring Hearts Church into a time of worship with songs they learned in Spanish. They passed out clothes and food to those in need at the dump, and prayed for the sick at the shut in ministry. One thing that was particularly special about this team is that they didn't just come and act as missionaries for a week, but their time in Mexico was a continuation of the mission they are on in Vegas. Las Vegas is known for being a city far from God. They believe that they will one day see "Sin City" transform to "Grace City".
"During the shut in ministry, the first home we were in was the most impactful. It was the home of a blind mother and blind son. The son had lost a leg. Their illnesses were due to diabetes. The mom was in her seventies and the son in his fifties. They lived in a very small place. It impacted me most because we sang a song with them and they sang along with such joy despite the things they were going through. It encouraged me and taught me a lot in my own faith that our joy cannot be taken away."- Acamy
This is a bit of my testimony to tell you how I know God had a plan for my life.
I will start back in High School, where I met a beautiful young lady in Spanish class. This young woman became my wife, now going on 67 years, who is my partner in all I do. The Lord blessed me with good work habits, since He had a plan for my life in later years. Those good work habits paid off for me, my family, and for what would later be Caring Hearts ministry.
Years later, In 1968, my wife’s brother was killed in Vietnam. This was a wake up call for me. I realized that all I was doing was working long hours, and my wife and I weren’t that happy. We agreed that there has to be more to life than what we were doing. It was a short time later when I read that Billy Graham was coming to Pittsburgh, where we lived. We went to that meeting, and it was there that I committed my life to serving Christ.
I made up my mind that day that I wanted to be a "do-er" of the Word, not just a hearer. From that time forward, the Lord tested me by putting different ministries or opportunities to serve Him in front of me. I did my best to say “Yes Lord, here I am”.
The Lord allowed me to start my own company in 1975. Today in 2017, that
company is still active with my sons running it and the company still supporting Caring Hearts Ministry. My construction company was a part of the building of a Television Network called Corner Stone Christian. Later, in 1982 I went up to the station to say goodbye since my wife Daisy and I were moving to Arizona to start another business, leaving my sons to take over the one in Pittsburgh. The President of the station said to me, “ You think you are going to Arizona on business, but, the Lord has something far more than you could ask or think that He has for you.” I heard that, but it did not mean anything at that time.
We were in Arizona a short time when we started going to a little church. While in church one morning, I felt in my spirit I was to give a man sitting up front in the opposite corner from where we were sitting $ 50.00 I had a battle going on with in my spirit. I did not even know that man and I didn't know why I felt I needed to give him money. However, I obeyed . When the service was over, I went up to him , said "Good morning", and slipped the $ 50 into his hand and quickly turned and left.
I found out this man was a retired pastor, named Brother Knell. He called me a couple of weeks later and asked if we could have a cup of coffee. I met with this pastor and he proceeded to share with me that he and his wife were completely out of food at that time and that $ 50 was from the Lord through me. I found out they lived in a small 24 foot trailer and had very little income.
THE START OF CARING HEARTS.......
While having coffee with Brother Knell, He asked me to take him into Mexico with my large van. He had heard of an orphanage that he wanted to bless by taking a lot of badly needed items. I agreed, and we left for Mexico in November of 1986. This completely changed my life forever.
After many hours of looking, we finally found the orphanage. We met a man in his 70’s with a truck and camper. This man was driving through Mexico when he got on the wrong road and ended up in the city dump. As he looked around he found children on their hands and knees going through the garbage looking for something to eat. He inquired with those working in the dump, and he was told these kids were abandoned by their parents. He started to pick them up and take care of them. He had 35 kids from the ages of 3—12 that he was trying desperately to help.
We passed out all of the things we brought with us to those kids, played with them, and prayed with them. It was very hard to leave, but we promised we would be back to continue to help them, AND WE DID.
This opened our eyes wide and our hearts. There were needs every where we looked. We would go to Mexico every weekend to be a blessing and try to be obedient to what we felt the Lord was sharing with us to do. This was the beginning of Caring of Caring Hearts Ministry.
You see, I did not plan any of this. Now, 30 years later, the Lord still has me involved with Caring Hearts. Now, the ministry in San Luis has an orphanage for boys, a soup kitchen, a rehab center, a blind center, a watering hole in the same dump, and more. Caring Hearts has seen thousands give their life to Christ. We have seen hundreds be blessed with new homes and other badly needed items, and we have been blessed with other people joining in to be service to the Lord through Caring Hearts. There are many of stories of miracles and stories how countess lives are changed through this ministry. The ministry is sustained through supporters and donors, but also through the business I started long ago. God has used everything in my life to carry out the work he is doing.
God truly had a plan for my life. He has one for yours too. Will you be obedient to what He asks you to do?
In March 2017, a group of 7 young adults came to San Luis and shared God's love through outreach and work projects. The Leader of the Team, Kelly Yost, shares her journey with Caring Hearts and the guidance of the Lord in her life.
My name is Kelly, I’m 23 years old, and currently live in Maryland, where I work as a preschool teacher. This year has been an eventful one as I have decided to move across the country to Phoenix, Arizona. I am planning to go to graduate school and continue teaching when I move this summer. I look forward to living closer to San Luis as well so I can visit Caring Hearts more often.
"I have been going to San Luis since 2009, it was my first mission trip and my first time out of the country. I guess you could say that I had no idea what I was in for but all my expectations were blown out of the water. The people of San Luis have showed me so much more about what it truly means to not only love God, but show His love so freely. These people have so little and want nothing, they are truly thankful for all that they do have, something I still struggle with even though I have so much to be thankful for. They love so hard that you can feel it as soon as you enter a room. They have taught me that language knows no bounds. My favorite part of every trip is spending time with the kids more specifically the boys of Oasis! They all have such beautiful souls each one of them funny, creative, smart and loving in their own way! Since I have had the opportunity to go there almost every year since my first trip I have had the privilege to watch a lot of these boys grow up and I have loved every minute of it! I love being able to come back and see all the familiar face, as well as I love getting to make new friends and learn their stories. I try to spend as much time with the boys as I can, I love playing soccer with them even if they laugh at me, but most of all I love their hugs! Another one of my favorite things is construction with Marcelo, he has taught me so much over the years about what it really means to work for the Lord, he finds such joy in construction that it's contagious. Every year I cannot wait to do construction with him and have the opportunity learn even more! This year we had the opportunity to build a house for a family of 5. We had the opportunity to pray with the family in their new house as we finished our last bit of construction. Being able to see it go from a cement pad to a complete house is a blessing. Fast forward nine trips later and I'm happy to say that I will defiantly be headed back to Oasis as soon as the opportunity presents itself, because Oasis is home now and every time I get the opportunity to go I do, because they are my family!" - Ashley Rearick